This knowledge-based qualification will provide an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools. It is important to note that this qualification is suitable for learners not yet in a school role but who have the capability to achieve at Level 3 or learners in a Level 2 role wishing to demonstrate that they are ready for progression to Level 3. It is also suitable as initial training for those newly in post. The Award shares four mandatory units with the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. This enables credits and learning to be transferred from this qualification to the Level 3 Certificate, providing a direct progression route. It is also meant to provide learners with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children or young people in school environments. Learners completing the Award do not need to be working.